Heard from the Red Sox that Shabazz Napier and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will be throwing the ceremonial first pitches when the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams are honored at Fenway Park on Tuesday, prior to the Yankees-Red Sox game at 7.
It should be quite a moment for Napier, a high honor for a Bostonian. MLB players follow the NCAA Tournament closely, and it’s safe to say the UConn men killed a lot of brackets in both clubhouses.
A few other UConn notes and links for you on this Easter Sunday.
Sad news: Vin Yokabaskas, one of UConn’s first stars, passed away after a long illness last week. His family has released details, which appeared in the Courant on Sunday. We will have more on his remarkable career and life coming later.
Back in March, I had the honor of interviewing Mr. Yokabaskas about UConn’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game, played at Madison Square Garden in 1951, and it was obvious that more than 60 years later he still relished every moment of it. Here is that story.
Ryan Boatright was honored back in his home town of East Aurora, Ili. On Saturday, we have a story on that in the Sunday paper.